Hearing next month to determine judge's fate

 INKSTER (AP) — The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is expected to hold a hearing next month to determine the fate of a Detroit-area judge accused of using public money for personal use.

The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report Judge Sylvia James faces a May 14 hearing that could lead to her removal from the bench.
The Wayne County 22nd District Court judge in Inkster was accused of misspending more than $100,000, either for her personal use or for community projects unrelated to the court.
Retired Washtenaw County Judge Ann Mattson said in a written ruling Tuesday that James demonstrated “a lack of respect for the law” and was guilty of misconduct.
James denied any wrongdoing. Her lawyer Sharon McPhail says James is a “hardworking judge” and Mattson’s findings disputed many of the allegations.


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